Eliminating these 5 words from your vocabulary can make a world of difference.
Have a blessed day!
Have a blessed day!
When I was growing up clubs and activities I participated in mainly consisted of things I could sign up for in school. I knew girls that were involved in Girl Scouts but never really had the opportunity or interest in joining. I actually didn’t get involved in clubs until I was in High School. My cousin Clara was like a big sister to me. She showed me that there was more than just going through the motions in life.Clara introduced me to FFA the first year of High School. I learned so much about agriculture, animal husbandry, team work, dedication and leadership.
I am now a Mom of 3 and it is now my turn to show my kids what is out in the world for them. This week we attending our first meeting of Cub Scouts and then Girl Scouts. I was very impressed with what the Troop leaders were wanting the kids to take away from Scouting.
We officially have a Cub Scout Bear and a Girl Scout Daisy in the Lane home. Let the adventure begin!! We have a busy couple months ahead of us but it looks like loads of fun. This is very new to me and I was a bit nervous at first but the Troop leaders made this an easy decision. The dedication they have and the structure they will provide I welcome with open arms.
My kids are extremely excited about getting started and I can see the motivation wheels starting to turn in their little heads. I strongly believe they are going to grow and gain so much being involved with our community and forming a bond with kids their age. I am excited and proud that they wanted to do this. I’m a SCOUT MOM! 😉
A few months ago I posted about being a busy Mom and trying to lose weight by living a low carb lifestyle. I did really well the first couple weeks and then got of track. Three weeks ago I decided enough was enough and that I needed to do this and stick with it. I hadn’t weighed myself in a couple months and I was terrified that I would weigh more than before. To my surprise I was actually 18 pounds less and this sparked a fired inside me.
I have been doing really well and when I weighed the following week I lost another 10 pounds. Cutting out the sugary carbs like ice cream and those hazel nut iced coffees I love so much have helped. I’ve cut my meal portions and focus more on healthy carb choices. My kids have benefited from the change as well and we all are learning to make healthier choices. I will be weighing myself every Saturday morning when I go to work and I log my progress on a app I have on my phone.
It has only been 3 wks but I can see and feel the difference with 28lbs gone.
Some of the low carb options I have given myself I think keep me out of trouble like eating a bowl of ice cream or raiding the cookies. I make sure I allow myself low carb ice cream or fruits when I have a sweet tooth. Keeping snacks like string cheese, almonds and beef jerky around help with my salty tooth…haha. My kids keep me pretty active and now that the kids are in school they are too. We are visiting the park more often and instead of sitting and watching I am staying active with them.
I will update this post in a couple months but if you want to follow my progress you can check out my photos on my facebook or instagram page. Thank you to everyone that has been giving me support to live a healthier life style. 😉
One of my husbands favorite meals is fried pork chops, mashed potatoes and fresh green beans. I decided to make it for him and with help from the kids we peeled potatoes and snapped the green beans. While frying the chops I started thinking what could I do to make this not just a good meal to come home to but a good meal with a great ending. APPLE CAKE!
3 large apples, peeled and diced
3 cups of flour
1 cup of vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla
(missing ingredient) 1 tsp baking soda, so add if you like your cake fluffier.
Preheat oven to 350 and cook for 50min, top should be golden brown.
Mix the oil, eggs and sugar together then slowly add the flour until mixed well. Next add in the apples and vanilla. Pour into a greased 9×13 inch pan and spread evenly. After cake is done Mix 2 cups of powdered sugar, a Tbsp of cinnamon and 2 Tbsp of milk and then pour over entire cake to cover the top. (I also poked holes randomly so that the glazed would seep into the cake a bit).
He enjoyed every bite of the dinner and said the desert was awesome. The recipe above is the one I followed with the ingredients I had to work with. If you try it, I hope your like it as much as he did.. ENJOY!!!
Girl power at the splash pad!
The day after the Slumber party we all got up and started getting ready to go to the splash pad. I packed some snack and drinks while the girls changed into their swim suits. We were all excited about playing at the splash pad before everyone had to go back to their homes. First we had to go get Grace a swim suit, so we made a mad dash into the store and we were on our way!!
We arrived at the park they couldn’t get out of their seats fast enough. Luckily we found a parking spot right up front so they could go while I unloaded our stuff. Little Harrison was screaming his sisters name the closer we got to the splash pad. I called the girls over to get a girl power picture. One of the fountains got Reese right on top of the head..haha!
They ran around and played and took snack breaks, made friends with other kids and just had a really awesome time together. When it was time to go, we hugged and I told the we would do this again. Aaliyah asked if she could stay one more night with Grace. PLEEEAASE!
Grace and Aaliyah were so excited to spend the night together again. After some left over pizza and a quick bath we put in a movie and played a couple of games. The house was much quieter this time and little brother Harrison was able to join in the fun. The slumber party was a success and I hear the girls are still talking about it. I know Grace is, shes already come up with new ideas with meal options.
This experience was great and I’m excited about the next one.
Girly Slumber Party.
My daughter just had her first Slumber party, yes there were 4 little giggly sugar crazed girls running around my house. Cousin Reese (8), Cousin Elizabeth (6) and Friend Aalyiah (5) and of course Grace (6). After spending the day visiting and picking up our slumber party gals we headed back home to start the slumber party fun. First stop was the grocery store where the girls picked out snacks and drinks (you know, candy and fruit punch…haha!) and then we headed to pick up our yummy cheese pizza.
The girls had so much fun picking out what ever they wanted to drink and snack on at the store. There was little girly squealing down each isle. Of course first thing was get a cookie from the bakery….hahaha!!
Time for tea party with Strawberry lemonade, candy and ripped up pieces of pizza. They looked so cute sitting on the little tea party plates. Then it was off to paint nails. They decided to each paint their own nails, and boy that was interesting to watch..haha! There was nail polish everywhere.
Next they took a group photo and everyone said nighty night to Harrison. Then it was time to decorate the sugar cookies with chocolate icing ad the girls picked their candies from earlier…YUM!
As the night went on the girls asked several times if it was midnight yet. “Midnight” was the goal. Aaliyah kept saying “this is the best sleepover ever” They started to settle for the night, they played on the ipad and then went to bed watching a movie. They never made it to midnight. ;-(
I had a great time with these girls the next day we ended our Girl Power Fun at the Splash pad not to far from our home. What a Great Day!
Have a blessed day!
Sautéed mushrooms, onions and bell peppers with a splash of vegetable oil. Add in stir fried chopped sausage. Salt and pepper to taste. I used the mix in a low carb wrap with a little cheese and sour cream. Delicious!! Enjoy 😊 Net carbs 6 per serving with wrap. www.tomeaceslittlemonkeys.com
Father’s Day is drawing near and my little monkeys have been excited about what to get their Dad for Father’s Day. My husband is one of the hardest working men I know. He works long days through the week and is exhausted when he gets home. We all love and appreciate him more than he will ever know. We are so blessed to have such a loving husband and father in our lives.
The kids really had their heart set on buying a new leather recliner for their Dad, his is broken and not as comfortable these days. Unfortunately the cost of a recliner doesn’t fit within our budget this month but crafty gifts do! My husband mentioned that he would like something the kids made or painted for Fathers Day.
So I snagged a couple of his terracotta pots and I let the kids picked out some herbs from the store they will plant in the pots they paint. While at the store we found more crafty items, like letters that spell DAD. I gave each one a letter to paint however they wanted. They are proud of their creations and can’t wait to give them to their Dad.
For my Father’s Birthday today we found some letters that spelled PAPA to paint and a plain blue t-shirt that they each put their painted hand print on. I used some puffy paint to put their names next to each hand, it’s so cute! I wanna make one for my husband now and I think I’m gonna…ha ha!
I want to wish all the Fathers a happy and wonderful Father’s Day on Sunday. Thank you for all the hard work you give to your family and for always being there.
One of the Hardest things about my job is watching a client go through the loss of a pet. When I was growing up if a pet died you were sad and said your goodbyes and that was the part of life. As I’ve grown through these years in the veterinary profession I’ve watch the change in how people respond to the loss of a pet. A majority of people feel that their pet is a part of their family and treat them as such so when that family member is no longer with us we are devastated. My family had to euthanize our dog right after my youngest son was born, I am sad that he will never meet such a great dog but blessed that she was with us for 12yrs😊
Over the years I have had clients have to make the decision for humane euthanasia due to old age or chronic conditions. Each persons reaction is different but they all have that same look of loosing a part of their family. When I speak to these clients before and after the loss of their pet I try to remind them to remember the good stuff and hold on to those memories that make their heart smile.😊
We are blessed for the time we have with our furry little monkeys and they know how much the are loved. Making a hard decision about humane euthanasia or having a sudden loss can be one of the hardest things to go through but it can be the kindest and to know that they aren’t hurting anymore.
When a client thanks me for being there not only for them but there loved one, I know I’ve done my job. Remember the good stuff and smile, and when your ready, open your heart up to another fur baby that needs you as much as you need them😊
This is our Nina Girl.